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stairs. >> this is actually the declaration of war to my country. >> ukraine's prime menster said ukraine and russia are on the brink of disaster and diplomatic sanctions are being imposed. >> the territory of ukraine and sang at this time have been violated and it cannot be the way to
of the country and trying to assert russia's power and influence in the former countries of the soviet union like the ukraine and the others and as you know the ukraine was considering an if i ages with the european -- affiliation with the european union. that went up and suddenly reversed itself. that is what led up to this crisis and that still remains a point with the new government but there are large numbers of ethnic russians in the ukraine and again i wouldn't be surprised based on comments from the ukrainian ambassador it u.n. -- gerri: here is the president. president barack obama. listen in. >> over the last several days the united states have been responding to events as they unfold in ukraine. throughout this crisis we have been very clear about one fundamental principle, the ukrainian people deserve the opportunity to determine their own future. together with our european allies we have urged an end to the violence and encouraged ukrainians to pursue a course in which they stablized their country, forge a broad-based government and move to elections this spring. i also spoke several
of ukraine. a country over 40 million people. mitch joins us from tennessee. good morning. caller: hello? host: you are on their. -- the air. caller: putin is afraid of what is happening in crimea and what will happen in his country. there is going to be a civil war there. he does not want this to happen in his country, because then he will be live on tv, killing protesters. it will be a big mess. that is already what is happening in crimea. he is just afraid that if they do not stop it over there, it will happen in his country. it will happen sooner or later. he is surrounded by democracy. host: thank you for the call. jose has this point. you can join in on the conversation on facebook. he says we are one step closer to a shooting war with the russians. more from yesterday's action at the united nations. the ukrainian ambassador to the united nations -- here is his assessment of what is happening on the ground in his country. today we heard from the acting russian premier saying that the russian troops is an act of war. [video clip] action constitutes an act of aggression against ukrai
are witnessing an aggressive dictator, a thug ashg bully dismantling a major european country, ukraine the world going to wring it's hands, administration will cry, threaten and boo hoohoo, and putin already won. >> there is nothing. you're suggesting there could be sanctions that would be punishing enough to get him to change his posture? >> no. no. putin has never backed down from anyone. he's not a bluffer, he is trained as kgb agent handler. he has obama's number, the number is 0 this, president talks and does nothing. putin did he say i'm going to get crimea? no. he did it. that is the way he would do it. the only powerful leader in eur asia is a horrible leader named vladimir putin. obama, it's not that obama won't like to do something. he has no idea on earth what to do. >> thank you very much. grim picture. we've got a lot more to talk about tonight on this international crisis including breaking news out of the pentagon on how the u.s. is now planning to react. we'll see what colonel peters thinks of that, plus, this. >> a big vote this week on a doj nomination of a man that defended a
it takes to try to keep the ukraine together, a country they believe very strongly in, wolf. >> anderson cooper reporting from kiev. anderson will have much more later tonight. he'll be reporting live from ukraine. "ac 360" at 8:00 p.m. eastern only here on cnn. >>> the financial markets are feeling the effects of the crisis. the dow plunged more than 150 points amid concerns about the escalating tensions. all of the major european markets closed slightly lower as well. stocks in russia took the biggest hit there. almost 11% on this one day. >>> up next, russian troops are on the move. they enter another town and consolidate their hold on crimea. how far will russia go and how far will the u.s. go to stop russia. could save you fifteen percent or more on car insurance.s everybody knows that. well, did you know that when a tree falls in the forest and no one's around, it does make a sound? ohhh...ugh. geico. little help here. i need>>that's my geico digital insurance id card - gots all my pertinents on it and such. works for me. turn to the camera. >>ah, actually i think my eyes might ha.
start expanding the exports of oil and gas. we want to reduce the independence of countries like ukraine on russia. you have got to play this for the long haul which means to weaken the ability of russia to intimidate any of its neighbors including ukraine. martha: what do you think led to this moment. you are basically, it sound to me, correct me if i'm wrong. you are saying crimea is gone and you are not the first person who said that to us on this program. that situation may be over. how did we get caught so off guard and allow that to happen. >> i'm not sure it, gone. i think we have to prepare ourselves for that possibility. i'm hoping the sanctions and diplomatic process might mean the russians do withdraw. but i think we have to be -- we have to be realistic. part of the reason we are here is geography. the russians have certain advantages. they have bigger stakes there sanity's because of what happened in kiev the last couple months. this choice if you will between how ukraine was going to orient itself toward europe or russia when it looked like the majority of the people in kie
is democracy, the rule of rights, human rights and ukraine. it is about setting the country on a democratic half for the future. >> we begin this evening with the unrest in ukraine. ofhorities seek the arrest ousted president viktor yanukovych for mass murder. he is believed to be on the run after he fled his palace over the weekend. through ukrainian parliament has that been to fill beat -- phil the power vacuum. the collapse of government in ukraine as seen as a strategic setback for russia. president obama's national security of advisor said the move would be a grave mistake. joining us is john herbst. charles is a professor of international relations at georgetown university and a -- or counsel of the i am pleased to have all of them on the program at this critical moment. fiona hill, i begin with you. we'l d like -- where are right now, how did we get there, and where are we going and what are the risks? did this happen now and what is the moment that we are at now and where we are going? forhe precipitating event the series of protests that have led us to the situation were triggered
in a trilateral agreement with the united states, ukraine, russia and britain, all four countries in the memorandum basically confirmed their support for ukraine's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. as you said, there are russian forces in crimea, but you are now getting reports that additional forces are coming in from outside and they're now doing things that are not associated just with the russian pressa presence at their base, such as setting up roadblocks across the countryside. >> from the russian perspective, what are russia's realistic options here and what do you think they're most likely to do? >> i think this goes back to when viktor yanukovych fled the country, i think there's been a decision taken in moscow to look at ways to destabilize that government. they had various tools, one of which is try to introduce separatist tensions in crimea. they're playing i think a very dangerous game here. >> could we be looking at armed conflict between ukrainian forces and armed russian forces inside ukraine? >> so far ukraine has been extremely restrained. ther
of the cold war poland and ukraine copper precise country for less had about the same or capital gdp. the ukraine was slightly ahead at that point and a poland is three times richer per person. it's just to underscore the gravity of this economic stagnation that's been ongoing in ukraine for so long. i don't have a good answer on how to fix it but i would use this argument as one more tool against putin when he tries to claim that yanukovych is the legitimate president of ukraine. by some legalistic interpretation, sure, you could force that argument down peoples throats. but the point is that yanukovych had lost its legitimacy because of economic mismanagement. what we need now is to great a process that's inclusive enough that ethnic russians feel part of come and serious enough that all ukrainians can feel like to have a greater hope in whatever political system is created either next round of elections, and i don't know how that's supposed to happen, but that's the combined project we should be working with all ukrainians, including ethnic russian ukrainians, and with putin on. a
that is making headlines acrosshe world, the crisis in ukraine. visit ukraine on tuesday for meetings with the country cost government. 's government. we are at the russian embassy in northwest d.c.. that is where protesters gathered this afternoon. but that is right. these are testers are concerned that russia may try to do a takeover of the entire country. they say that they are realistic. they do not expect that america will go to war over this. they hope the u.s. will do something. voices, science, and flags held high, -- science -- signs, and fisa high, they gathered in protest. itself.ry repeats but they are adrienne concerned about what the obama consideration -- they are angry and concerned about what the obama administration considers an invasion. for three days, russian tanks and troops have been crossing into you rate. costsre will be cross -- involved of an invasion of ukraine. a 90 minute phone conversation with barack obama and vladimir putin has changed nothing. army is heavily armed. they have surrounded a crimean garrison. the military operation stops, there will be t
to the country and has a message to his friends who are part of the revolution. >> glory to ukraine and glory to the heroes. >> reporter: he was in ukraine for almost two years. working as an english teacher. he says he will go back as soon as it is safe. live in san jose, nbc bay area news. >>> kem kimberly. thanks very much. victor key, a native of ukraine performed in san jose, and now he's on a two week break from the show. he plans to drive his porsche across the country. he's worried about his family and friends who still live in ukraine. >> i'm thankful for this home of 20 years now. and i've made my career here. and i'd love my people toe have the same opportunity. and i'm heartbroken to see what's going to happen. >> he's heading out from so tomorrow, and then las vegas and across the united states. >>> coming up later, what u.s. leaders have to say about the crisis in ukraine. watch for the latest developments on today in the bay. from 4:30 to 7:00. >>> the recent round of storms are not done yet. here's a live look at the bay bridge in downtown san francisco, it is clear right now.
" flat. stay "in the loop." ♪ >> it's been a long week in ukraine. the country's new prime ministers said he will ask russia to extradite the former president yanukovich. do you get the sense that things are quieting down there or are we going to be looking at a situation where this is a divided country with part of it effectively going to russia and then the eu? >> when it comes to national integrity, it is crimea. troopsery worrisome that come a presumably russian troops, have secure the two biggest airports on crimea. why would they do that? the natural purpose would be to bring in troops. , the government declaration was very good. i've never seen such a good announcement coming out of kiev. the government has been formed and should be able to start working with its own national integrity. >> we have a reporter in kiev and i know you've got a chance to sit down with the new ukraine national security advisor. what did you hear? >> i spoke to this man last night. i asked him about whether he was concerned about russian military activity nearby. yes, i am. i am worried about it for sure.
of the country is in blue under the winter storm warning. >> more on the crisis from the ukraine >>> welcome to "world news." tonight -- breaking news. the white house delivers a stern warning to russia and vladimir putin. tensions flare, is the russian military moving into ukraine? >>> monster storm. rising floods. residents pulled from trees and rivers of mud out west, as the rest of the nation braces for another major snowstorm. >>> and on the run. an abc news exclusive. we'll show you the video that broke open an international manhunt for a mother and her two missing children and our david muir tracks her down. >>> and a
developments in the crisis in ukraine, a short time ago, president obama spoke to president putin about the situation. the call came after the russian parliament gave putin permission to send the country's military into the ukraine. obama warned putin that there would be costs to russia. meanwhile the president's national security team met today to discuss policy options and outside the white house today, protesters called the white house and europe to do more to combat russian aggression in the ukraine. >>> 27 people were killed in china. media reports there say several attackers boarded a train at the railway station. they were all armed with knives and started stabbing people on the train. more than 100 people were injured including four police officers. there have been as many as seven attackers and police reportedly shot all of them. the chinese government is now investigating that attack. >>> a man went into cardiac arrest outside a firehouse and the rookie firefighters who could have helped him should have known he could respond. the cadet was properly trained, that firefighter h
and ukraine is not a nato country we don't have a right to defend them. even ukraine going to war is a worst-case scenario. that was one of the lessons of the russian invasion of georgia in 2008. vladimir putin would love for them to start firing at his troops on that was start a whole host of things he would like to do. including large-scale military invasion. the idea is to de-escalate, to look tough but not necessarily to use all of the weapons in our arsenal white yes. -- in our arsenal quite yet. host: first call for our guest from chicago, illinois, independent line, good morning. caller: what i would like you to play is the telephone call of the woman and the state department to our ambassador in the ukraine. the thing was, it was her vocabulary at the end but also the discussion of who they wanted to be the leader. the idea that we are not involved -- we were involved before these things happened. the second thing i would like to say is the crimea was given to the ukraine. when a ukrainian was the head of based -- of the soviet union. we often forget, stalin was a georgian. then we h
this is russia territory. >> reporter: and not a single shot has been fired ukraine remains a country on edge. fearing that russia's swift take over of crimea can spread, northeast pro-russian protesters occupy a government building. >> any spread of the conflict to be on crimea to eastern ukraine could immediately and almost inevitably involve a great deal of blood shed. >> reporter: while they are condemning action vladimir putin is talking about that and in a letter by ousted leader yanukovych he pleads for an intervention and the ambassador to the u.n. read the letter at an emergency session. >> i appeal to vladimir putin to use the forces of the federation and have peace, order stability and to protect the people of ukraine. >> reporter: and in yet another sign that russia is recognizing crimea as a separate entity from ukraine, russia's prime minister asked his cabinet to provide a financial aid package. a bail out, ukraine's new government says by the aggressors who are now holding the country's economy hostage. >> reporter: phil, is there anything coming out of this press conference
counterpart, sergey lavrov. both are in paris with talks to resolve the standoff in ukraine. until then, some comments from the senate floor in the russian intervention in that country. this is from yesterday will show you as much as we can until secretary kerry gets underway. >> i wanted to come to the floor today and talk about the ongoing crisis in ukraine. i am glad senator mccain on the floor today because it is hard to describe the sensation that ot and i felt at the end of last year when we got the chance to travel to the mad dog square in kiev and talk to people. it is hard to describe a group of people yelling back to you in unison. thank you, u.s.a. thank you, u.s.a. but that was the reality we were able to experience. it is im know that senator mccain and i did not go to advocate for president yanukovich's removal, even though the process resulted in that fact. in actuait fact. in actuality, we spent two hours that night meeting with yanukovich, pleading with him to abandon plans to join the e.u. so he could when asked to support of the hundreds of thousands of people who gathered
of thousands of young people, the future of that country of ukraine, rose in peaceful assembly and achieved their goal of removing corrupt leadership and of offering the hope that life in ukraine could be better for all. may i encourage the leaders of ukraine's parliament to -- of ukraine's parliament to rise to this occasion, to embrace all of that great country, to keep the peace, to move forward democratic reform, so that the full potential of that remarkable place on this earth, can be reached for the first time in modern history. may ukraine extend west and south and east and north. her power is yet to be fully realized and we congratulate those who are moving toward peaceful progress in that nation. may god go with you. i yield back my remaining time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> this week, on february 8, we
's no stomach in this country, any americans or the president who wants to go to war over crimea in the ukraine, a country with very minimal economic impact in the western world, the vast majority of their trade is with russia. if they continue to provoke russia, what's going to happen likely is that russia will also do things economically. they have immense economic power over ukraine. half of all ukrainian exports go russia, that's where they get the foreign exchange reserves which they are getting low. if russia decides to impose costs on their imports saying your tractors don't meet our safety requirements that will be painful to you crane. russia can up the price of natural gas sharply. remember the west is promising a bail out. so every cost that russia imposes on ukraine is going to get paid for monetarily by the west. >> all right. you're right about that. they could literally turn off the natural gas. don jensen back to you. if putin mounted some large scale invasion the reports are 2,000 troops. those reports are not necessarily totally confirmed. i don't know what we really know. let
if the case and i'm cells and ukraine it's a false part of the countries that includes the ten regions attend to more than hop of the country's population and one weakness thousand strong demonstration sold with a strange and people take to the streets of but it's no wonder ear essence and officials. many women entire family's tv show the effect they don't want to stand in the portsea jokes of a stoker here in the crimea just one hundred km away from where we and now local residents rejected his appointed mayor and lee terry be how the police also resigned from the capital in the seat of hiking known as the capital of the eastern ukraine them not to seek legal fees that area for taxes managed to find it and to the painting that was usc's to have for almost a week at times raised and russian flight and it was accompanied by clashes in short season several people reportedly were aged in another seat in the astral the center of the eastern part of ukraine. don't ask local sources claimed they will not abate see it and the bad taste that of for a referendum over the region stages to be held in th
and ukraine. there's a sense of pride in this part of the country, signs are not in russian, they're in ukrainian, a different letter alphabet. certainly in crimea, predominantly they do speak russian. language is a big issue and it's been made a big issue by the russians themselves, because there's been a plan to make ukrainian the official language and push russian out of the schools. of course, that makes the russian population in ukraine absolutely inpur infuriated. culture is part of this and that in many ways is what they are fighting about. >> the situation having a major impact on the world's financial markets, the dow lower right now 232 points. it has been in negative territory by triple digits all morning, exchanges in london, paris and frankfurt dropping as much as 3% today. >> in russia, moscowed main stock market falling 11%, raising interest rates to boost the ruble, the currency dipped to a record low against the dollar in trading today. the situation in ukraine could be affecting how much you pay at the pump. russia, one of the world's largest producers of oil and
russian after their invasion of ukraine. >> i think the strong condemnation it received from county countries around the world -- >> the president made the remarks, president obama said he also wants congress to pass an aid package for ukraine. the united nations discussed the situation in ukraine. the outed president of ukraine had asked for russian troops to maintain order. they accused russia of fabricating it. >>> a cross country trip aiming to raise awareness. he is a juggler with the cirque du soliel raising money for people hurt or killed when protesters clashed with police in kiev and he is asking people to sign a flag he will send to ukraine. >> well wishes from american people and send the writing on the flag, send it to the center of kiev. support from america to ukraine. >> he plans to end his trip in front of the white house. he hopes he can get a member of the administration to sign the flag before he sends it to ukraine. >>> dozens of jobs are available and oakland police are trying something new to fill them. the three things they need strengthen the department. >> t
to control or detablize this country but -- destablize this country but more importantly that ukraine does not turn to nato or go to the e.u. it's a threat to him and his system which is authoritarian, corrupt system, for a country which is so similar to russia and which many russians think is almost like a little russia to become a western democracy and he wants to do that by saying he declared i am going to intervene militarily to stop ukraine from doing things that i, like it could do. he was speaking about a province. it was incredible performance and it is something, if the west allows him to get away with this, it will set terrible precedent and undo 20 years what the u.s. tried to achieve in europe after we, by the way, won the cold war. jenna: interesting to hear you explain the stakes being on the ground and having traveled to that region many, many matthew, we encourage your viewers to check out your writing. appreciate you joining us today. look forward to you talking to us again soon. thank you so much. >> thank you for having me. jon: dueling speeches from the two top diplomat
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closed door session. the crisis ukraine. ukraine is claiming vladimir putin's forces invaded the country, and the white house says if that is true it would about be a, quote, grave mistake. let's get to it. >> good friday afternoon to you and yours. there is a crisis that is fast developing. the united states is losing patience with putin. washington warning the kremlin to stand down now in ukraine. russian forces are on the move. journalists from the "associated press" report they've spotted a convoy of russian troops making its way through southern ukraine. the same region where armed men in full battle gear have now seized and taken control of two airports. we'll show you where this is happening. crimea region on the black sea, critical port area where russia has a huge navy base. wear hearing from the ex-president of ukraine and he is in russia and is getting president putin's protection. he says despite the bloodshed he is still the rightful ruler and started his news conference with a clear sign of frustration. see the break there? the former president snapped his pen in half. went
authorities are formed in ukraine now, all that love their country have to show their patriotism and unity. >> reporter: at a military airport a possible worrying sign of things to come. men in cash name came and damaged ukrainian communications equipment. the men you have taken over the airports this week they are crimean riot police, intelligence forces, security personnel and some officers of russia's black sea fleita cord to go crimea deputy mime minister but there are tatars here wintering what russian boots on the ground here will mean for their future and what is still at least for now ukraine. >> that's jennifer glasse reporting from ukraine. now to moscow where all eyes are on the kremlin as phil ittner explains there is great concern over the power parliament has now handed to russian president vladimir putin. >> reporter: a day after the west and in particular the white house warned russia not to intervene in ukraine, this was moscow's neck move. >> translator: russian federation council votes to first approve president vladimir putin's proposal to use the russian troops on the
want to break up the ukraine, split the country in two? is that his end game? >> i think it is. i think he'll push even further if we show no resistance. >> do you agree with that, nick burns? to split ukraine into two? >> i think his strategic objective is to control ukraine, having an association agreement with the eu. if he can do it without dividing the ukraine, he'll do it. but i think it's about control more than anything else. >> larry, could i add one comment? >> yes, sir. >> in the background of all that, we talk about muscular language in the senate over black sea posturing of the u.s. navy. we just announced the smallest armed forces since 1940, we're standing down half the navy's cruisers. we are about to stand down all the a-10 fighter aircraft. the army is about to go to allegedly 420,000 people. so the backdrop of muscular foreign policy, meaning signaling with military capabilities, is sort of a nonsense approach to this whole crisis. >> of course i agree with you. to me, novice that i am, this is a political issue, this is a diplomatic issue and a financial issue, which
to the political unrest in the country, the game has been moved from the ukraine to cypress. now, there was uncertainty that the game would go on at all. the ukraine football federation told a local tv station yesterday that the game was off, but the u.s. soccer team tweeted earlier this morning that they were on their way to the game. and guys, this is, you know, a pretty big deal. people are saying why not cancel the game altogether? but they're 100 days away from the world cup and the u.s. team only has two tune-up games, this game being one of them. so, obviously, they would like to get on the field and play. and like i said, they'll try to play the game in cypress tomorrow. hopefully, it goes on as scheduled. >> the u.s. team needs the game for training, but those players on the ukraine team i think must have a lot on their minds right now. >> true. >> i hope they make whatever choice is right for them and their families, to be sure. all right, andy scholes, really appreciate it. >>> all right, breaking news this morning, ukraine on the brink of war with russia. the world re
that happened yesterday. what is the view within the country? ukraine, theren is a constituency of tens of thousands of people that had been standing on independence square. that is what they would say to you. there has been plenty of tension , something like 65% of the population there is russia. they are concerned about their interest that this new government does not have their interest in the russian language and their culture. at the forefront of their minds. they are not really satisfied perhaps. a, the this chaos in crime parliamentary seizure yesterday. those gunmen are still in that building. at the airport this morning, we have reports of more gunmen, a separate group of gunmen, spotted at the airport. identification on their uniforms, not clear where they come from. no evidence that they are from russia. speculation, of course, to that effect and it is one of the big stories this morning. there is another group of armed men surfacing. >> what is the view on russia within ukraine? various views from various politicians. are russia's actions friendly or hostile? >> something li
are on the rise between ukraine and russia after two men entered two airports. u cran is describing it as an invasion. the country's parliament is calling for extradition of the leader. >> the french president in the central african republic this friday some three months in into a mission aimed at halting deadly sectarian violence. >> and in a rare move, the world bank has frozen some $90 billion worth of aid to u gan ga over a signing of a law that toughens punishment for offenders. >> first, to the ukraine crash the general has demanded the extradition of the ousted leader. he is believed to be in russia. the president is expected to hold al news conference rater this friday and the first time he will be seen in public since ousted. as well, the u crun's parliament has been calling for a special session of the u.n. security council to discuss the worsening crisis. >> and the group of our men, in the meantime, in paramilitary uniforms, have entered the two main airports in the ukrainian region. the ukrainian prime minister has described it as an armed in vaguesment the parliament h
anything to escalate tensions in ukraine. the country's ousted president is believed to be under russian protection in moscow. meanwhile pro russian protesters took over government buildings in ukraine's coastal region. meeting with nato allies in belgium, hagel says the u.s. is watching the russian military exercise at the ukraine border very closely. >>> so far north korea is refusing to explain why it fired four short range missiles today. those missiles were fired from a mountain site just north of the border with south korea. the launches come days after the beginning of the annual joint u.s./south korea military exercises. in the past north korea blasted those exercises as preparation for war. >>> you may precede the nutrition label when you slop for food -- read the nutrition label when you shop for food in the store, but now for the first time in 20 years the food and drug administration wants to give them a makeover, but the proposal to change nutrition labels could prompt a backlash from foodmakers. first lady michelle obama wants to make nutrition labels easier to understand.
with a look at today's eye opener your world in 90 seconds. >> russian president vladimir putin says ukraine's ousted president is the only legitimate leader of the country and what's happening now is a coup. >> russia stands its ground in ukraine. >> shots fired in an attempt to control the advancing ukrainian troops, coming back to their base. >> we have the top -- >> secretary of state john kerry touched down in ukraine this morning. >> ukraine's navy reportedly ordered to surrender or be stormed. >> russia is on the wrong side of history on this. >>> deep freeze settling in. 45 outside of dallas was turned into a parking lot. >> i'm going back the other way. >> i just want to go home. >>> today is primary day in several states. the most high-profile race is in texas. state senator wendy davis is expected to grab the democratic nomination for governor. >>> it is fat tuesday, annual mardi gras parade bourbon street already packed with partier s partiers. >>> bill gates once again is the richest person in the world with a net worth of $76 billion. >>> national corve
and taking what they shortly think, a lot of them, is rightfully his. no? >> there is no country that is to the kremlin than ukraine from a policy perspective. putin has calculated that ukraine, crimea, eastern ukraine is really his for the taking. at the end of the day if the g8 countries do not show up in sochi in may or june rather, then he probably is not going to lose too much sleep. yes, russian stocks did plummet today. we did see a little weakness in the ruble, but the ruble has been weak for a good long while, i would point out, along with other emerging markets. in the meanwhile, we see an oil spike, which is good for the russians. this is important to them. >> ryan, i was rereading an essay from yuliya 10 mission go temoshenko. she basically predicted this. she says you have a guy in charge and what he wants to do more than anything else in the world is restore russia's dominance as a major international player. what about this idea that could and could dominate from russia to china, a part of what we see today? >> i think it is essential in terms of understanding puti
if you move in a similar fashion against ukraine. it is probably true, you'v it sn the country over the last couple of days, that the flip-flops of the president with respect to syria may have signaled indecisiveness to put in but i don't think that was known as important as the aftermath of the recent policy. even after most had concluded that the recent policy was dead, the administration continued to act as if we needed russia more than russia needed us. in afghanistan, iran and syria, for example. we should not be surprised then that putin believed he could take a risk of invading crimea given the signals that have been sent to him by the president. the real question i think is, is this. what has the administration really learned from the crisis? jimmy carter learned after the soviet invasion of afghanistan that his previous assumption about the supposedly inordinate fear of communism was not really because of the soured relations of the soviet union. he learned that was not the case. actually have something to do with soviet ambitions. and to his credit president carter, to his
into southern parts of ukraine burg a recent uprising in the country. the main concern is on the peninsula of kremea. brian webb has been watching the events unfold. >> reporter: the ukraine is in the middle of a tug of war between the east and the west and the u.s. has joined into a diplomatic dance the keep the peace. war planes, armored tanks and hundreds of soldiers in masks made their way into crimea. >> we are concerned of reports of military movements taking by the russian federation. >> reporter: a revolt led to the president of the ukraine fleeing to russia. >> this could be a very dangerous situation if this continues and a very provocative way. >> reporter: crimea has long been a part of russia and has wanted to return. there is a russian air base allowing russia to come and go. so far, russian officials are refusing to acknowledge any mission but have promised to protect ethnic russians during the uprising. the u.s. is standing strong, too, warning there will be consequences for military action. >> the united states will stand with the international community in affirming ther
understand that the u.s. also has been trying to do this, trying to get a meeting of the budapest countries that signed this amendment and agreement to help ukraine build the sovereignty after they give up nuclear weapons. russians say they won't attend that meeting. while there's diplomatic process in place, the u.s. is saying it doesn't matter what the europeans do. they'll have to calibrate how much their sanctions they impose depending on what russians do. they're determined to go ahead. europeans aren't so sure. >> elis oh, labott traveling with secretary of state john kerry. thank you so much. we heard tough words from vladimir putin about the crisis in ukraine. breaking his silence calling this a humanitarian mission. he was critical of ukraine's new leaders and said nazis and antisemites are in ukraine. let's take a listen. >> translator: what can cause the use of military force. of course it is extraordinary. firstly legitimacy. firstly we have a request of the legitimate president yanukovych to protect at both the local population. we have nazis and anti-semites in some parts of u
the moment you sign up. >>> ukraine's viktor yanukovych made his first appearance after fleeing. yanukovych insisted that he is the legitimate president of the ukraine and vowed to fight for the future of his country. in the southern region of crimea, two airports were seized overnight by a group of armed men. russia is denying involvement but the struggle continues there between those who are pro europe and those who favor a russian alliance. for the very latest, i'm joined by nbc's chief global community -- set the scene, what is the latest in crimea? >> well, behind me in the parliament and there have been several hundred pro-russian demonstrators there all day chanting russian slogans, chanting for vladimir putin. and just about 45 minutes ago, chasing an opposition leader who for some reason came here to address them, chased him down the street and chased him through the city. it looked very dangerous at one point. but a lot of the attention today has been not here in crimea but ross tafl, which isn't far from here on viktor yanukovych, we saw the three faces of the former president, y
. >> this is not the threat. this is actually the declaration of war to my country. and we urge president vladimir putin to pull back his military and to stick to the international obligations and bilateral and mild to lateral agreements that were signed between ukraine and russia. >> the army has opened recruiting stations across the country. there are nine in the capital alone. at this office or the outskirts men were waiting outside before the doors opened. >> people have been responding enthusiastically to the call to mobilise. here there are young men, older men, people with military experience, people without military experience, but you still want to take part. we have visited a total of three stations in and around kiev and in the first few hours several hundred people enlisted. >> somehow we have to win. i can tell you that we will win, but i am sure we have to win. >> i know that russia is powerful. on the other side we have friends in europe and the united states declaring support. we will fight until the end. the head of the navy was seen swearing allegiance to the head of crimea. an embarra
" with lester holt. >> good evening. the east/west standoff over the future of ukraine escalated today with russian combat troops seizing control of the crimean peninsula after a bloodless showdown. ukraine's prime minister is calling it a declaration of war. tonight his country's outgunned and outnumbered army has been placed on a war footing while the u.s. and its european allies are working to punish russia economically and politically. and late word this afternoon that u.s. secretary of state john kerry will soon be on his way to the region. we're covering developments from washington to crimea, which is where nbc's bill neely starts us off tonight. bill? >> reporter: yes, russia's takeover of crimea, lester, is almost complete. they've done it without tanks, without firing a single shot. ukraine's navy is either under russian guard or gone. its army now surrounded by moscow's men. russian soldiers on the march in ukraine. this unit is taking up positions outside a ukrainian army base. the objective? to take it from troops who were once their comrades in the soviet army. but times
for the country if he signed that agreement. and then in 2015 there will be presidential elections in ukraine. if people don't like the opposition to mr. yanukovych, let them elect another one. that happened before. yanukovych lost elections and other presidents came into ukraine. why continue to whip up the situation? have some -- why some of our western colleagues are trying to spur on a situation of confrontation. why these militants need to throw things at the police, molotov cocktails? why go after the police? one of the scoldings or one of the terrorists -- one of the criticism have been made against people. there is no criticisms of people fending for democracy. why do they -- why do they exist if they are going to react to this type of manifestation? why should they exist? as a result of the development of the crisis in this way, an agreement was signed, the 21st of february, and president yanukovych and the opposition signed it. in it there were signatures of three foreign affairs ministers. ministers of germany, france and poland. it was an important agreement reached. at a later st
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country and ukraine, which we consider to be our brotherly government, because of imperial ambitions of russian ruling elites. >> reporter: global markets also reacted nervously, nowhere more so than in russia. >> ( translated ): we see a broad steady fall across all assets, which only confirms that macroeconomic factors do not matter here, or an isolated story in some one asset class. the whole market just gave way, it rapidly went down. >> reporter: the main russian stock exchange was down 11% on the day, and the ruble traded at its lowest rate ever versus the dollar and euro >> ifill: we'll have much more on ukraine, including some of this afternoon's u.n. security council debate and an interview with a top white house advisor, right after the news summary the situation in ukraine shook up wall street. the dow jones industrial average lost 153 points to close at 16,168. the nasdaq fell more than 30 points to close at 4,277. and the s-and-p 500 dropped more than 13 points to finish at 1845. the tensions also sent oil prices sharply higher, to nearly $105 dollars a barrel. the winte
in ukraine today, to try to find some diplomatic magic to keep russia from seizing control of the country. already, russian troops control the crimean peninsula, as russian warplanes fly overhead. but russia says its agreement with ukraine *permits it to deploy those troops. >> there are russian troops and there always have been. the russian black sea fleet is in the crimea and that is many thousands. but that is not an incursion. >> russia still considers ukraine's ousted president, viktor yanukovych, the country's rightful leader. and many ethnic russians in ukraine don't share the new government's desire to align with *europe instead of russia. washington hopes to apply diplomatic and economic pressure on russia to stay out of ukraine. congresswoman tammy duckworth was scheduled to attend the paralympic games in sochi, russia, starting this weekend. but because of the crisis in ukraine, the white house has cancelled the trip by duckworth and her delegation. american *athletes will still compete in the games. the first witness in the oscar pistorius murder trial is resuming her testi
an important country, ukraine, strategically located and we shouldn't be playing politics with this. to say the president has been weak or putin did this because president obama's previous weakness, look what happened in georgia under george bush. there was an altercation and president bush did what he could, but he responded almost in similar fashion as president obama's responding. >> it just not the cable chatter. it's those in a position of responsibility. today senator lindsey graham tweeted it's started with ben gaz did, when you kill americans and nobody pays a price, you invite this aggression. graham, #ukraine. what's your take on that? this is really a political football with those who really shouldn't be going down this road. >> i think the greater threat -- >> well -- go, governor. >> no, i was just going to say, senator graham is a responsible guy, a good guy, but he's in a tough primary in south carolina, so the tougher he sounds, the better he is, that's all i wanted to say. joe, sorry, go ahead. >> no, you're right, senator graham is under a lot of pressure in his home state
refuge to this country's fugitive former president. this morning, it was russia's flag, not ukraine's, that was hoisted up over crimea's parliament. masked gunmen in uniform had seizedly the billions overnight and barricaded themselves inside, raising the prospect of a separatist rebellion in this divided region. demonstrators chanted, "russia." 60% of crimea's residents are ethnically russian. many here see the new ukrainian leadership as illegitimate, like protester ludmila milodanova. "we cannot accept the authority in kiev. we have a different people," she said. "we will be happy to join russia." six days after yanukovich was driven from power, he surfaced today in russia. he's wanted here on charges of mass murder for his role in the killing of 80 protesters last week. yanukovich insisted he is still the legitimate president and said he fled ukraine for his life. as the new ukrainian leadership was voted in today, the country's prime minister tried to kefuse the situation. >> we believe that we will definitely find a political solution. >> reporter: but with russian fighter jet
'donnell. this is our western edition. ukraine finds itself in the middle of a tug-of-war between east and west. today, the u.s. repeated a warning to russia to stay out. in kiev, a new government pledged to keep the country together just days after the president was toppled. but there was an ominous development in crimea, a region once part of russia. protesters demanded to be reunited with russia, which happens to be where the ousted president, viktor yanukovych, is staying. and now he plans a news conference for tomorrow. clarissa ward is in kiev tonight. good evening, clarissa. >> reporter: good evening, norah. well, tonight, the crisis in ukraine is entering a new and dangerous stage with russia flexing its military muscle and announcing it has given refuge to this country's fugitive former president. this morning, it was russia's flag, not ukraine's, that was hoisted up over crimea's parliament. masked gunmen in uniform had seized the building overnight and barricaded themselves inside, raising the prospect of a separatist rebellion in this divided region. demonstrators chanted, "russia." 60% of
will talk more about the ukraine with our next guest, a former ambassador to the country. we have a few more minutes with robert costa of the "washington post." michael is in alabama on our line for independents. are you with us? caller: yes, sir. how are you doing? host: good. you are on with robert costa. caller: i have a couple of questions about this budget. i am not a republican, not a democrat. i am for who has the best policies. you talk about cutting spending, ,hat about all of the pork sending money overseas to feed these people? my uncle jerry made a comment -- sadid it is said we we live in the richest nation in the world, and we cannot even feed all of our people. you have harry reid calling american people liars. i hate to be him in nevada when i go up for reelection. let's stop spending money overseas and bring it home for a change. host: when you bring up overseas spending, is there other pork spending? caller: i saw a thing where they shrimp spent [indiscernible] a treadmill. look at theyou amount of spending being done with programs across the country from federal dollars, r
energy and package for the ukraine. if this comes as russian president vladimir puti saidn he is ready to use all means to protect citizens in the country but hopes he will not have to use force. putin added that fugitive president viktor yanukovych is the only legitimate leader of ukraine and that he rejects the country's new parliament. this is the first time putin has talked publicly cents --since yanukovych fled kiev. putins comments come as u.s. secretary of state john kerry is in ukraine today to reinforce u.s. support for kerry is in ukraine today to reinforce u.s. support for the new parliament. i want you to know stuff i want you to be kind. i want you to be smart. super smart. i want one thing in a doctor. to speak my language. i don't want you to look at the chart before you say hi...david. quiero que me hagas sentir segura. i want you to be awesome. that's the doctor i want. at kaiser permanente, we want you to choose the doctor that's right for you. find your perfect match at kp.org and thrive. the right side of your screen is heading towards the high-rise for the drive ti
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